A hospice in west London is utilizing digital actuality (VR) expertise to assist its sufferers handle anxiousness and ache.
Meadow Home, a 15-bed inpatient unit and day hospice positioned at Ealing Hospital, has been trialling the usage of VR headsets for the previous month.
The service, which is managed by London North West College Healthcare NHS Belief, offers specialist palliative care and help to sufferers and their households within the London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.
Specialist nurse Jennifer Draper mentioned it had been widespread with each in-house and day sufferers, providing 10 seven-minute VR experiences together with outer area, underwater and wildlife adventures.
Draper mentioned: “It’s primarily a distraction device to assist handle ache and has come from America the place it has seen widespread use in tackling the opioid epidemic.
“It has a unique use right here however the distraction method continues to be the identical as lots of our sufferers stay with ache, regardless of treatment. It relieves anxiousness and aids leisure and respiratory.”
Digital actuality already has a number of makes use of in healthcare, together with serving to sufferers with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and as a remedy for vertigo.
In June, Alzheimer’s Analysis UK and Bournemouth College launched a VR app to enhance carers’ understanding of the signs and challenges of dementia.
In some circumstances, it has been used to information sufferers via upcoming surgical procedures utilizing a VR reconstruction of their anatomy, and for training surgeons.
The expertise utilized by London North West College Healthcare NHS Belief has come from Cardiff-based firm Rescape.
Meadow Home affected person Pleasure Pilgrim mentioned: “I’ve been into area right now, walked with penguins within the Arctic and seen the Nice Wall of China and the Egyptian Pyramids.
“It’s a improbable. I’ve by no means skilled digital actuality earlier than and it simply blew me away.”